My Cousin Vinny by Jonathan Lynn |Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei | 24543005322 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny

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Director: Jonathan Lynn

Cast: Joe Pesci, Ralph Macchio, Marisa Tomei

     
 

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When sweet Northern college kid Bill (Ralph Macchio) and his buddy Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are picked up and thrown into the slammer in a hick Southern town, at first it looks like no big deal. Then they are informed that they are accused of murder. Penniless and without a single friend in the area, Bill decides to call his goofy cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci), who has

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When sweet Northern college kid Bill (Ralph Macchio) and his buddy Stan (Mitchell Whitfield) are picked up and thrown into the slammer in a hick Southern town, at first it looks like no big deal. Then they are informed that they are accused of murder. Penniless and without a single friend in the area, Bill decides to call his goofy cousin Vinny (Joe Pesci), who has somehow recently become a lawyer. Full of family feeling and bravado, Vinny, who has never tried a criminal case in his short life as a lawyer, rides south to defend his trusting relative. He's an expert motormouth and street-level logician from the wilder reaches of metropolitan New York, complete with a thick accent and the attitude to go with it. Otherwise, he's much less well qualified than your average public defender. When he arrives on the scene with his equally brassy girlfriend Lisa (Marisa Tomei), Bill is fairly sure he's going to be sentenced to death. His buddy Stan is even less confident of his legal representative, if that's possible, and the first thing Vinny has to do is to regain the consent of his clients to represent them. The local judge doesn't seem any too sympathetic to Vinny's verbal shenanigans either, and even the most optimistic supporter of the boys would begin to have doubts at this point -- and Vinny's no exception. With the insistent moral encouragement of his girlfriend, Vinny somehow accomplishes the impossible and wins grudging (if very irritated) respect from all concerned, for once studying as if his life depended on it.

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Anyone who greeted My Cousin Vinny with wariness, uncertain about a fish-out-of-water comedy featuring abrasive New Yorkers in the deep South, should reconsider this gem that gave the world Marisa Tomei. Tomei may not have blossomed into the star many thought she'd be, but her Oscar-winning performance opposite Joe Pesci was the most endearing introduction of new talent in years. Stealing every scene she's in, Tomei makes whining charming and toughness vulnerable, all with an exceptional sense of comic timing. Dale Launer's script offers some hilarious, if predictable, culture clashes, and the chemistry of Pesci and Tomei give the story exhilarating zip. As the exasperated judge, Fred Gwynne (in his final film appearance) is a perfect anchor and straight man, while Ralph Macchio and Mitchell Whitfield make the most of secondary roles, watching the unpracticed courtroom manner of the lawyer hired to defend them with dawning horror. The story is not high on originality, but its tight execution, especially the intelligent details of the case, make My Cousin Vinny a first-class piece of populist entertainment. Director Jonathan Lynn tried to wring another hit from the courtroom antics of novice attorneys with 1997's Trial and Error, starring Jeff Daniels and Michael Richards, but couldn't duplicate Vinny's intoxicating charm.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/25/2000
UPC:
0024543005322
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
223

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director Jonathan Lynn; Hilarious tv spots

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Pesci Vincent La Guardia Gambini
Ralph Macchio Bill Gambini
Marisa Tomei Mona Lisa Vito
Mitchell Whitfield Stan Rothenstein
Fred Gwynne Judge Chamberlain Haller
Lane Smith Jim Trotter III
Austin Pendleton John Gibbons
Bruce McGill Sheriff Farley
Maury Chaykin Sam Tipton
Pauline Meyers Constance Riley
Raynor Scheine Ernie Crane
James Rebhorn George Wilbur
Chris Ellis J.T.
Michael Simpson Neckbrace
Lou Walker Grits Cook
Kenney Jones Jimmy Willis
Thomas Merdis Man in Town Square
J. Don Ferguson 1st Guard
Michael Genevie 2nd Guard
Jeff Lewis 1st Deputy
Ron Leggett 2nd Deputy
Aubrey J. Osteen 3rd Deputy
Larry Shuler Hotel Clerk
Suzi Bass Woman
Bill Coates Bailiff
Muriel Moore 1st Juror
Bob Penny 2nd Juror
Michael Burgess Prison Van Driver
Jill Jane Clements Courtroom Clerk

Technical Credits
Jonathan Lynn Director
Robert J. Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Dale Launer Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Lombardo Editor
Victoria Paul Production Designer
Michael Rizzo Art Director
David Rubin Casting
James Sarzotti Makeup
Paul Schiff Producer
Rando Schmook Art Director
Michael Seirton Set Decoration/Design
Carol Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- My Cousin Vinny
1. Main Titles: Tuna Thieves [6:34]
2. A Confession [4:56]
3. Outsiders [2:43]
4. An in and Out Procedure [6:13]
5. Judge Haller [4:31]
6. A Southern Breakfast [2:09]
7. Learning the Procedure [8:37]
8. At the Pool Hall [3:39]
9. A Broken Faucet [2:30]
10. Eyewitnesses [6:21]
11. One Chance [7:35]
12. A Bonding Thing [3:40]
13. It's Called Disclosure [:40]
14. No Vincent Gambini [2:49]
15. 30 Minutes to Get Ready [7:09]
16. Opening Statements [2:47]
17. Questioning Sam Tipton [5:03]
18. Mr. Crane and Mrs. Riley [6:34]
19. New Evidence [5:05]
20. The Missing Link [4:29]
21. Mona Lisa Vito [5:46]
22. Charges Dismissed [10:03]
23. A Little Help From a Friend [3:57]
24. End Titles [1:25]

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My Cousin Vinny 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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Movie is absolutely histerical. This is a movie you can watch any number of times and still enjoy. Whenever you're in a blah mood start My Cousin Vinny and the giggles will begin. Language not fit for children or adults who abhor vulgarity.
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Simply put, this movie is a classic with non-stop laughs. Check it out, I bet you'll love it!
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this has got to be one of my favorite movies. how can u beat joe pesci in this movie, the guy is an awesome actor, from being a mafioso in smoe movies to being a lawyer in this. gotta make this part of your collection
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A must-see film for anyone who needs a good laugh.
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I loved this movie! It was SO good! I am a huge fan of Ralph Macchio and was kinda dissapointed that he didnt have alot to say in the movie. But other then that... the movie was sooo funny!
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There are laughs at every turn in this movie. It starts out funny and you won't stop laughing until the credits roll. And then, you'll want to watch it again.
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This movie was hilarious! Seriously, everyone should watch it. There's so much comedy in it that it can't possibly be hated.
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